Newport: Au Courant Fashion Show at Ochre Court

Au Courant: An Evening Too Marvelous for Words was a fashion show held in Ochre Court that featured local New England designers and benefited Child and Family’s community programs. When I heard of Au Courant in the beginning of the summer, I was excited to attend, but soon found out tickets were a little outside of my starving college student budget.

Nevertheless, I was still determined to go.

I contacted the Child and Family director a few days ago to see if they needed any more volunteers for the event. Yesterday morning, I received an email that notified me of the meeting time and dress code–I could not have been more happy.

The only thing that separated me from Au Courant was the Literature of Oxford final essay. It took all day and lost out on a gorgeous beach day, but I managed to finish it before getting ready and heading out to Newport. 

The fashion show was incredibly relaxed–there was no sense of urgency. Guests checked-in upon entering around 6:00pm then mingled and grabbed a few appetizers and cocktails before the runway show started at 7:00pm. Of course, no one really settled until 7:20pm and the show started a few minutes later.

The Designers

Fact: Jonathan Joseph Peters is a native Rhode Islaander and a former Project Runway Season 7 contestant.

The show was followed by a live auction of some of garments, some more mingling, then the silent auction winners were announced.

The last attempt to write the Literature of Oxford essay –someone wanted to keep me company
Sitting in Newport traffic by the pier and late to the volunteer meeting time…

Ochre Court
The runway!

Gift bags for VIP guests by Swarovski 

Many local retailers donated prizes to Au Courant, including  J. McLaughlin, Forty 1  Degrees North,  The Charles Hotel, Hotel Viking, Ocean Cliff I &II, Karol Richardson and Jessica Ricci Jewelry

YKR Designs by Yvette K. Reyes
Favorite clutch
Absolutely stunning
Callot handbag in Tegu Lizard Skin by Calvet Paris featured on the runway

Au Courant program
Child and Family, located in Newport, builds and fortifies families and communities. According to Child and Family’s website, the organization “is the largest and most comprehensive social service power in Newport County, and one of the largest in the State of Rhode Island. It is a center for community involvement–a place where people come together to give help, receive help, and to support the work of others.

Child and Family is always looking for volunteers to help out at the center and has internships available for undergraduate and graduate students.

To learn more about Child and Family, please click here.

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One thought on “Newport: Au Courant Fashion Show at Ochre Court

  1. Hello Mia, this is Anne Weldon at Calvet Paris (Press and Media). This is a great post which we'd like to add to our press pages.

    Marcela Calvet is the creative director at Calvet Paris, and in that capacity she was a featured designer presenting our latest collection VENDOME. What we would request from you is to add a link to our website (like the other featured designers): to the post as well as
    a photo of one of our exquisite handbags that were presented during the runway show. Calvet Paris is a luxury French brand that dates to 1937.

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